Editor’s letter

    27 September 2014

    Welcome to the second edition of Spectator Health. We had some great feedback from our readers after the first issue and I’m delighted that so many of you took the time to contact us to say how much you enjoyed it. In this issue we have Dr Margaret McCartney, a writer and GP from Glasgow, making the case against the increasing obsession with medical surveillance and screening. While the government — and private companies — tell us we should be screened for a host of illnesses and diseases, she argues that this often has no evidence to support it and can even do more harm than good. We also have TV presenter (and novelist) Richard Madeley writing about his near-death experience of choking in a restaurant and the importance of knowing how to do the Heimlich manoeuvre.  And of course we have all our usual columnists, including Tom Chivers, Theodore Dalrymple, Christine Webber and David Delvin, Ian Marber and Maureen Lipman.

    As well as the paper copy of Spectator Health, we have also launched a health portal on the Spectator website. Over the summer we have been building up a group of regular writers, including doctors as well as highly regarded health journalists, who are blogging about health topics. We hope to make it an exciting, interesting and informative space on the web.

    Do continue to write, email or tweet with your suggestions for future editions.